Complex PTSD and Triggers

After living with Complex PTSD for a couple of decades, I still have triggers.  Although it is a lot better nowadays, I still cannot spar with a woman.  The thought of hitting a woman gives me tremendous anxiety.  I can see my mother’s broken bones.  I can see my own bloody body parts and swollen face.  

There are plenty of other things that trigger me, such as loud muffled voices.  I automatically go into flight or fight mode and I tense up.  I am sick to my stomach and feel like running.  

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a symptom due to a person’s response to a traumatic incident or event. It’s overwhelming to a person and finds it hard to cope. The specific unpleasant memory usually triggers anxiety. Complex PTSD (CPTSD) develops as a result of repeated exposure to traumatic events. Examples of these events are torture, prison, long-term child abuse, and any forms of abuse over a period of time.

There are plenty of other things that trigger me, such as loud muffled voices.  I automatically go into flight or fight mode and I tense up.  I am sick to my stomach and feel like running.  

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“There is no timestamp on trauma. There isn’t a formula that you can insert yourself into to get from horror to healed. Be patient. Take up space. Let your journey be the balm.”

– Dawn Serra

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